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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog
    great question And timely too It s easy to get caught up in the holidays Each year I tell my kids we ll have a small Christmas and that we ll save money for things that really matter like a trip to California or Canada or even trombone lessons Inside I Read More Dec 16th 2014 Conservatory Tree Takes a Stroll Down Memory Lane The Conservatory Tree in the North Wing is one of our most elaborate holiday trees ever at Dominion GardenFest of Lights This year in an effort to commemorate the Garden s 30th Anniversary and reflect on our rich history the Conservatory Tree is filled with symbolic ornaments and icons that take visitors on a tour through the Read More Dec 14th 2014 Volunteers Make GardenFest Magic Happen by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden If you ve been to Dominion GardenFest of Lights before you will recognize some of our volunteers who come back year after year donating their time to a place that is near to their hearts Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Did you know that we have over 200 volunteers Read More Dec 13th 2014 Enter our GardenFest Instagram Contest to Win a 600 Prize Package by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Have you entered our GardenFest Instagram contest Just visit Dominion GardenFest of Lights and share with us your favorite photos on Instagram tagging them with the GardenFest hashtag We ll choose a winner based on creativity fun and photographic composition You could win a prize package Read More Dec 12th 2014 Time Lapse of Holiday Tree Bike Sculpture at Dominion GardenFest of Lights by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden A few weeks ago we told you about local Richmond artist John Meola crafting a 20 foot holiday tree out of recycled bikes and bike parts Now see how it was made in this Richmond Time Lapse video The sculpture will be on display during Dominion GardenFest of Lights through January 12 Read More Dec 11th 2014 Find the Peacock More Using the Dominion GardenFest of Lights Map by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Each year we have a new theme to Dominion GardenFest of Lights and each year old favorites like the peacock return One of the most commonly asked questions we get at the front desk this time of year is Where s the peacock One family I Read More Dec 9th 2014 A Student Pursuing His Dream Christmas Tree Farming By Nicki Youth Programs Developer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Ethan Lindsey is a youth volunteer who comes with The Founders Center of Commonwealth Autism formerly Dominion School for Autism to participate in the Garden s Vocational Program a program that offers community youth the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and vocational training As part of Read More Dec 7th 2014 Looking Back on 30th Years a Video Highlighting the Garden This Year s

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/blog/page/13/ (2016-02-13)
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  • sci-fi plants
    odd but emits a putrid odor So if you re as big of a science fiction fan as I am you must begin a sci fi Garden a Garden of Unearthly Delights Some of the plants at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden are great references for a good start In walking through the Garden you can predict that you ll see the lovely and sublime but be prepared to see the weird as well Perhaps the most bizarre plant that I ve seen here is the dragon plant Dracunulus vulgaris You smell it long before you see it as I found out it smells like garbage But the smell isn t the only oddity about this plant its dark crimson leathery spike of a flower is very unusual A perfect candidate and even star of the show for a sci fi garden It has finished blooming for this year but mark your calendars and visit early next summer to catch it in all its splendor Pitchers and flowers of various Pitcher plants offer a gardener unearthly delights On to the West Island Garden where you ll find the bog garden with pitcher plants Saracennia I don t know which I think are more alien looking the flower or the pitcher And they re carnivorous What more could you want for an alien garden In Flagler Garden you ll find rough horsetail Equisetum hyemale a sedge whose segmented rush like stalks look like they re from another time and they are but can certainly pass for far off into the future too Horsetail though considered a living fossil would make a great addition to a sci fi garden The blossom bud and seed pod of the columbine all make great alien plantings You may not think of the unassuming columbine for an alien garden but take a second look Bud blossom and seed pod are all good alien plants with their drooping bell shaped flower and distinctive spurs Along the south edge of the Rose Garden the oriental poppies Papaver orientale are in bloom Now poppies may have you thinking more along the lines of The Wizard of Oz but look at the poppy seed pods The blooms are quickly spent but then you have these lovely yet other worldly seed pods some erect others bent over heads bowed that only get more majestic with age Let s not skip the Conservatory which houses a plethora of orchids some of the most alien being the slippers The man eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors The Audrey II most certainly had her dewlap modeled after the veined labellum of the Paphiopedilum sukhakulii a good plant for an indoor sci fi fan This slipper orchid Paphiopedilum sukhakulii looks as if to say Feed me like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors The list of additions to a Garden of Unearthly Delights could go on and on What plants would you incorporate in your sci fi garden About M Christine Watson M Christine

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/garden-unearthly-delights/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Youth Volunteering
    and I chose Richmond Waldorf School for our children is that Waldorf education meets children where they are developmentally and teaches to the whole child head heart and hands I thought a group volunteer project would be a really great way to help them meet their values and help us serve our mission as well Since the Garden s mission is education and we love to partner with like minded organizations this seemed like a natural fit For first graders I keep the tasks simple for safety We included volunteer activities such as hand weeding In fact these first graders helped us weed a large area along the fence and pathway in the Children s Garden Our typical garden tools are fairly large for a smaller volunteer you can see from the weed bucket the scale of our workers to their tools A boy taking a break from weeding the Children s Garden While we worked in the Garden I made sure to take the time to explain best practices and proper techniques which also meets typical first grade level Standards of Learning SOLs I explained the importance of pulling up the roots along with the entire plant so that the weed does not re sprout As we pulled up weeds we were able to see the roots in hand This partnership shares a common interest hands on learning I was happy to see these children learning these important lessons at such a young age happy with dirty gardener hands Thank you Richmond Waldorf School About Nicki Apostolow Nicki Apostolow is the Youth Programs Developer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden where she runs youth volunteer programs including Service Learning Summer Programs Vocational Programs Internships You May Also Like Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming Student Teacher Art Show Don

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/1st-graders-volunteer-in-childrens-garden/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Steller Butterflies
    a while and think it s a perfect venue for the Garden to showcase not just Butterflies LIVE but blooms too We though you might like to see our first Steller story so here it is Please let us know what you think We were honored to see that it rose to be one of the top 20 Stellers in the world shortly after it was published I can t wait to make our next Steller story Are you on Steller Leave a comment with your handle and we ll follow you back About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring like Day Blooms Student Teacher Art Show Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/steller-butterflies/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Million Blooms Instagram Contest
    few strong photos and more than one of hers made it to the finals I am a member of the Garden and have been for a few years My family s membership was a wonderfully thoughtful gift from my in laws They know my love of flowers and photography I always find something new and beautiful to photograph when we visit My family has enjoyed it fully Casie S Davis took this photo of her 6 year old daughter and the cherry blossoms She is our Grand Prize Instagram Contest winner We loved the unusual perspective that Traci Eagle took for this shot of our azaleas Casie s Grand Prize winner package includes 4 passes to see Van Gogh Manet and Matisse The Art of the Flower at VMFA a 50 gift certificate to Blooms at the Jefferson Hotel and 12 passes to come back to the Garden and enjoy Butterflies LIVE Our second place winner is Traci Eagle also a Garden member You can follow her on Instagram at traytrayptown We d like to thank all 18 of our finalists it was hard to choose our winner The first and second batch of finalists were both very strong contenders About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest Spring like Day Blooms Preparing Plants for Snow Trees Blooming in December Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/and-the-winner-is/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog
    each year to the Garden on field trips and many bring cans and other items that can be Read More Nov 24th 2014 New Sculpture Graces Rose Garden During Dominion GardenFest by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Local artist John Meola crafted this pyramid shaped sculpture out of recycled bikes and bike parts in the Rose Garden In fact he s just putting the final touches on it now The airplane on top is a pedal powered bike too I can t wait to see it Read More Nov 24th 2014 Gourdgeous Gourds by Lynn Kirk Public Relations Writer Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden reprinted with permission from the Richmond Times Dispatch Quirky captivating and motley colored the hard shelled gourd Lagenaria is no longer limited as Thanksgiving décor During December ornamental gourds add distinctive flair to traditional holiday décor They re pretty if sprayed metallic silver gold or copper blends and placed in crystal Read More Nov 23rd 2014 See Historic Richmond Landmarks in Miniature at Dominion GardenFest of Lights by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Shannon Smith is a woman with a vision As senior horticulturist and GardenFest coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden she gets to creatively envision how our 40 acre botanical garden will look with half a million LED lights embodying a new theme Each year Dominion GardenFest Read More Nov 22nd 2014 Top Holiday Illumination Events in Richmond for 2014 by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Richmond is known for its tacky lights We re also known for our classy lights too Here s a roundup of the top illumination events in Richmond this holiday season If you really love the holidays you ll want attend them all Mark your calendar these are just Read More Nov 21st 2014 Bikes in Trees With a Little Help From our Friends by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden The Davey Tree Expert Company Inc volunteered their time to help us install bikes in our ginkgo tree in front of historic Bloemendaal House last week The bikes are wrapped in lights and will be an exciting surprise for our Dominion GardenFest of Lights visitors We Read More Nov 19th 2014 Gingko Lends Itself to Ephemeral Art We ve been having fun at the Garden this week Maybe a little too much fun There are bikes hanging in trees bike sculptures on their way bikes in garlands and on holiday trees There s even a miniature version of historic Richmond landmarks made out of botanicals in the train display in the Conservatory That s a Read More Nov 18th 2014 A Legacy in Lights 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden by Jonah Holland PR Marketing Coordinator Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden As you may have heard the theme for this year s Dominion GardenFest of Lights is all about bikes a nod to the Garden s history as the hub of Richmond cycling

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/blog/page/14/ (2016-02-13)
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  • butterflies
    Archaeoprepona demophon and the pearly leafwing Consul electra both have very dull patterns on the underside of their wings but the pearly leafwing in particular has masterfully disguised himself as an actual leaf A king shoemaker Archaeoprepona demophon hanging from the branches of a weeping fig tree Ficus benjamina Indigo A pearly leafwing Consul electra enjoying his orange The common morpho Morpho peleides also implores several techniques to mask itself Here we have one resting on a pair of blue jean shorts Although the colors do not exactly match resting on similar colored surfaces will help to camouflage this butterfly One would think that having such bright colors would work against the butterfly s ability to protect and disguise itself However butterflies partake in an interesting behavior known as flashing The common morpho and other brightly colored butterflies will open its wings quickly or flash its wings to daze and confuse their predators when they get too close A common morpho Morpho peleides resting on my blue jeans to blend in Patterns are a great way to disguise oneself Although this tailed jay Graphium agamemnon may seem obvious to us it is very difficult to spot from a distance Their distinct markings allow them to successfully hide in thick green brush or forests from predators Tailed jay Graphium agamemnon resting on green leaves Another extraordinary example of camouflage is the photo below of the forest mort blue Caligo eurilochus and giant owl Caligo memnon resting on a weeping fig tree Ficus benjamina Indigo They are resting with their wings closed to expose a more dull underside but there is something else there that is particularly interesting Eye spots Several species of butterflies have these eye spots on their hindwings so that predators will attack the tips of their wings rather than their body This allows the butterflies to escape their predator s grip However something else even more peculiar is happening here with these two Caligos If you take a moment to study the markings of the giant owl you can see that the pattern does indeed mimic an owl s face This will also scare off predators who fall prey to owls Pictured from left to right Forest mort blue Caligo eurilochus and a giant owl Caligo memnon butterflies blending in with a weeping fig tree Ficus benjamina Indigo trunk As impressive as the Caligo eurilochus and Caligo memnon are the atlas moth Atticus atlas takes the cake for having an outstanding mimicking technique Moths are still part of the Lepidoptera family and the atlas moth is the largest moth in the world Their wingspan can reach up to 12 inches across Since they are so large they can be easily spotted by predators If you examine the tips of the wings in the image below you will see that they actually mimic a cobra s head This mimicking technique is key to their survival during their short lifetime of only one to two weeks Atlas moth s Atlas

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/butterflies-masters-of-disguise/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Million Blooms Instagram Contest
    had nearly 800 submissions A few weeks ago we featured some of our favorite MillionBlooms contest submissions and here are a few more finalists Stay tuned we ll announce the winner later this week Be sure to check your Instagram inbox if you are a finalist You can see all our submissions by searching MillionBlooms on Instagram Don t forget to follow lewisginter on Instagram too Entries are from top to bottom left to right michelle chavez traytrayptown jenniferashleywalker chrismissparty casiesdavis mattbruning ianmcrumm casiesdavis heatherashline About Jonah Holland Jonah Holland is PR Marketing Coordinator at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden specializing in social media She s been known to go for a walk and come back completely inspired to write a blog post on her newest found adventure You May Also Like Winter Interest De Lighting Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Spring like Day Blooms Student Teacher Art Show Don t Miss Out Subscribe to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Blog Posts by Topic Blooms Gardens Community Kitchen Garden Education Classes Events Families Kids Gardening Horticulture Gardens Through the Seasons Making a Difference in the Community More about the Garden Sustainable Practices Uncategorized Recent Posts Winter Interest Inspiration Education Nature California Dreaming

    Original URL path: http://www.lewisginter.org/milllion-blooms-instagram-contest-finalists/ (2016-02-13)
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